Month: October 2011

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A warm, snuggly, weatherproof and goofproof stroller blanket

It’s that time of year again when we know the cold weather is near. Or for those of us in the northeast who already got dumped on this weekend–it’s already here. Sigh. Every winter, I spend no less than 30 minutes getting my son bundled and out the door. Now that I have a second baby to tend to, I’m really happy to have found a great stroller/carrier/car seat blanket that’s a cinch to attach. [don’t miss a great discount after the jump!] The new Cold Weather Pouch from Rain or Shine Kids is a multipurpose, powerhouse of a...

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A children’s book worth a thousand words

The Conductor is the kind of children’s book I’ve always adored having in our collection; it’s richly illustrated, with a story that kids can appreciate in different ways at different ages. It’s got another aspect I happen to like a lot too: there’s not a single word in it. French illustrator/artist Laetita Devernay’s beautiful skyscraper of a book tells the simple, illustrated story of a conductor who climbs into a grove of trees and orchestrates a symphony of flight when leaves turn into birds. (Or do they?) My youngest daughter likes the environmental cues, while my six year-old is...

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Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie: It’s alive! Again!

Everyone loves the heartwarming story of a boy and his dog. But when that boy is Victor Frankenstein and the dog is a reanimated but still loyal (and cute!) corpse, you know Tim Burton is involved. If you and your kids liked The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland, you might dig (up) Frankenweenie, too. If the story sounds familiar, it’s because Burton already made Frankenweenie— and it got him fired from Disney back in 1984. I remember it lovingly, as well as the short movie The Family Dog, which had the same hilarious bull terrier. Thanks to...

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Biscoff Spread – Yes, those airplane cookies, now in a jar. (Whoo!)

I was so glad to learn last year from all of you that I’m not alone in my obsession with Biscoff cookies. You know, the ones you secretly hoard from the plane. So when I heard that they’ve now got a spread that’s made from the cookies, hello! I just had to give it a taste test. I admit that the idea of a spread made from cookies did seem a little odd, but then I popped a spoonful into my mouth and I was completely sold. It’s not as sweet as you might imagine it would be, but...

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Prints charming

I feel like I fall in love with a new alphabet print every week. But when there are prints in the world as gorgeous as the Alphanimal Prints from Lucy Loves This, well, my infatuation is pretty easy to understand. I love that each letter of the alphabet is represented by an animal–or several–beginning with that letter. Kind of makes the print into a bit of a game for an older child. And I adore the monochromatic look of the blue and pink versions. But fear not, rainbow-lovers, for there’s a glorious multicolored version for you, too. While you’re...

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No more tears

My first two children were so easy to feed, I assumed it was due to my superior parenting (and cooking) skills that they would gobble down whatever I put in front of them without too much nose wrinkling. And then I had my son who humbled me and turned me into one of those crazy parents who beg their child to eat anything. So when I heard that Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, was coming out with a book to help us parents with picky eaters, I had only one question: Will this work with...

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By the Leather

Browsing on my daily shopping addiction, Fab.com today, I came across a fashion steal that not only called my name, it forcibly removed my credit card from my wallet, typed in some numbers, and clicked “buy now.” (I swear. That’s just how it happened.) The scrunch bracelets from Melissa Zook are just so very cool. This Brooklyn artist creates simple leather cuffs that come in either long or short, and scrunch around your wrist for a soft, supple accessory with just the teeniest bit of edge. I just love them for those days I’m a little blingier with the rings...

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3 Halloween apps for kids we love

Boy have we spent time at Cool Mom Tech this past week, culling down the throngs of Halloween themed apps for kids. Let’s just say there are a lot of people just throwing a pumpkin clip-art graphic into a counting app and calling it a “must have.” For those of you as picky as we are, click over and check out our cool Halloween apps for kids that we promise are the best of the best. They’re nice creative distractions for the kids this weekend, while you desperately try to dig up last year’s skull garlands from the back...

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Toms Shoes – they’re not just for summer

I am probably the last mother in all the land (or at least in Brooklyn) to discover just how comfy and awesome Toms Shoes are. But I don’t think I’m the last to assume that is the time of year that we put them in the back of the closet in favor of shoes you can actually wear with socks. I stand corrected. The Toms Shoes Wool Botas now come in kids sizes too, and they’d be equally adorable on boys or girls. I love the inner elastic that keeps them on without the help of the laces, and...

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Etsy Kids makes online shopping even more fun!

I am a total Etsy junky; it’s my first stop when I’m looking for cool, quirky accessories or for gifts for friends and family. I’m always particularly amazed by the beautiful handmade kids’ clothing on Etsy, which is why you see so much of it on these pages. Now Etsy has made it even easier to find the best of the best in one-of-a-kind children’s wear — and all other things kid-related. We’re so happy to discover the launch of the Etsy Kids hub. Here, all of Etsy’s offerings for the wee folk are gathered in one convenient and...

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Web Coolness – Halloween decor, ethical holiday ideas, and an online art museum for your kids’ work

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. This printable Spooky Russian Doll Garland isn’t just adorably unique. . .it’s free! (via poppytalk) With all the new changes, here are some ways to make sure your Facebook feed has more of what you want in it. We’re so happy to be part of this great Publishers Weekly article on mom blogs and book reviews. Preppy personalized iPhone cases that we love. Have yourself a more ethical Halloween with these smart ideas and tips. Painted pumpkins? Why not! Great artwork from...

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Cool race cars and trains – hold the plastic

My son’s car obsession knows no limits, which is why we’ve got tubs and tubs full of plastic race cars and trains packing our playroom shelves. But the play life of those tiny cars seem to be pretty short, which is not at all what I can say about this new toy set from HABA that’s kept his interest (and my girls’ too) for weeks now. Meet Discover Techniks, a cool building set that allows kids to create their own moving vehicles from wooden blocks using clamps, clutches, and wheels. My near 5-year-old son and even my 3-year-old figured...

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Trick or Treating for UNICEF is sweet

Consider this your annual reminder from us about Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. If it’s never something you’ve done before, the premise is that your kids can ask for more on Halloween than just another sugary treat, on behalf of kids who need a lot more than a mini box of Junior Mints. Just like I remember doing when I was a kid, UNICEF makes it so easy for kids to collect donations as they go door-to-door. Since they’ve been around for sixty years and have a name synonymous with Halloween, I know that most of my neighbors will have no...

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Hey baby, what’s your sign?

A blankey is the the one gift that I didn’t care we received way too many of when my daughter was born. It’s a perfect idea when you have no idea what the new parents have or need, but want something more keepsake-y than diapers. But this one takes it up a notch, should you want your blanket to be just a wee bit cooler than the others at the shower. This hand stitched super cozy astrology baby blanket is so very sweet, and a more interesting way to personalize it than a mere monogram. It’s made from repurposed...

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No glove…

When the heat started clicking through the radiator this past week, I knew it was time to start trading the cotton for wool and bringing the gloves out of the back of the closet. The handknit gloves from Etsy’s Reflections By DS are making me mourn the loss of summer just a little less. While I love the look of the mohair fingerless gloves and cowl set, I’d have to save them for non-child days. (Not sure how well they’d hold up against the velcro of diaper bags.) For every day, I’m totally digging those wool fingerless gloves in...

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Because every mom could use a third arm. Or uh, giraffe’s neck.

Sometimes I wish I had another arm. Like to feed my baby with or to hold a toy for him to play with or to cook spaghetti while doing both of those things. A cool new bit of gear for babies (that happens to look like a giraffe’s neck) aims to be just that–a third arm. Baby Giraffe is a flexible “spine” that clips to a stroller or car seat, and holds everything from bottles to toys so your real arms can do other things–like push the stroller or eat sushi. It was created by an inventor dad who...

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Gorgeous holiday tags that also help feed hungry kids

I’m often of the “do it quickly” school when it comes to holiday presents–I sometimes forgo the little touches (like tags!) in favor of just getting the gifts wrapped. (And yes, we’re thinking holidays already. Forgive us!) These beautiful gift tags, however, are inspiring me to be a more mindful wrapper–especially since each one helps feed a child in need. Share Our Strength, a nonprofit devoted to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015, has come out with the loveliest gift tags. These No Kid Hungry cards are printed on Crane’s Lettra Pearl White paper (that’s quality stuff, mamas)...

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Judging a book by its cover

If you’re a bibliophile like me, then you know that nothing smells as good as an old book. Age, ink, paper, maybe a dash of cracked leather cover. But we’ve discovered a gorgeous trio of classics with a redesign so spectacularly beautiful that… well… the new books kind of take the cake. Behold the Penguin Threads series. These three book covers were specially commissioned from Brooklyn artist Jillian Tamaki to celebrate the 65th birthday of Penguin Classics. Jillian designed and painstakingly hand-embroidered the covers for The Secret Garden, Emma, and Black Beauty, and the translation from art to book...

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Trick or splurge!

Halloween myths we’d like to clear up: 1. Halloween isn’t fun after age 12. 2. Adults can’t dress up. 3. Parents are stuck eating the kids’ leftover candy. So put on that costume, scare the pants off your kids, and order a few of these luscious gourmet chocolate pops for after the little goblins are asleep. Our friends at Vosges have outdone themselves with this delicious trio of Haute Chocolate skull treats for Halloween and the Day of the Dead. There’s the Red Fire Skull Lollipop with chilles, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. There’s the Barcelona Skull Lollipop with hickory...

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